We take great care to ensure our studio facility uses the riches of natural resources in order to provide a healthy, conscious and inspired space. This may sounds confusing, but our green initiatives are actually blue. Blue initiatives refer to the colour we desire from our water and skies. While we are working to green our planet, greenery only encompasses a small portion of the earth. What we really want to do is blue our planet. That’s why we considered the water, the sky, and our children’s children when we did the following:
Cork Studio Floor
We chose cork floors for our studio for many reasons. From an environmental perspective, cork floors do not damage trees. Cork is a natural, sustainable product that is produced from tree bark. From a health perspective, cork is as a natural shock absorber (think Birkenstocks!) and it contains anti-microbes that prevent bacteria from entering the floor.
Solar Water Panels
Hot water at the studio is heated by solar energy – enjoy!
We use radiant heat panels to warm our hot studio to the desired temperature. Radiant heat allows for a lower room temperature due to concentrated heat. Radiant panels warm objects, (i.e. yoga students) directly rather than the entire studio, reducing energy consumption up to forty percent.
Friendly Cleaning Products
The studio is cleaned exclusively with environmentally friendly products, which are hypo-allergenic and contain no perfumes, dyes, formaldehyde preservatives, ammonia or other common allergens. Nature Clean, as well as Citrosolve, are biodegrade efficient plant based products.
Natural Mat Disinfectant
We keep our studio rental mats clean with Benefect, a 100 per cent botanical and hospital-grade disinfectant made of plant products, such as thyme oil. How does it work? Similar to the human production of antibodies, plants produce germ-killing essential oils to protect against invading microbes. Benefect has been proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, and it surpasses Health Canada’s efficacy requirements for broad spectrum hospital disinfectants.
Most paints require the use of petroleum-base solvents, which produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Once in the atmosphere, VOCs react with other chemicals to form ozone, a major pollutant. We use a VOC-free paint product that has virtually no odor or solvents, and it will not result in adverse affects on people or the quality of environment. Since we focus on breathing deeply at Kula, this choice was a must for optimal health.
In the event students forget their water bottles, natural spring water is available that is packaged with a renewable resource, corn. Instead of petrochemical byproducts, the bottle is made from certified biodegradable NatureWorks PLA©, and it is not only compostable, but it is also recyclable.
Our laundry is cleaned with low water consumption and energy efficient washer and dryers.
Saves gallons and gallons of water with each flush!